Upgrade to Final Version of Office 2013 on Microsoft Surface RT

The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT includes the Office 2013 Home and Student edition. Here’s how to manually update to the final version.

The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT includes Office 2013 Home and Student Version which runs on the tablet’s desktop. Out of the box it comes with the Review version of Office, but you can upgrade to the final version which is currently available, here’s how.

Update Surface RT to Office 2013 Final Version

You’ll need to run Windows Update from the desktop mode to find the update – not Windows Update through the metro-style UI. Use the keyboard shortcut WinKey + X to display the power user menu and click Control Panel.

Control Panel Desktop

Change the view to Large Icons, scroll down and click Windows Update.

Windows Update

Then click Check for Updates, if the update isn’t already listed.

Checking Updates

The update for the final version of Office 2013 is 325MB and the amount of time it takes to install will vary depending on your WiFi connection speed.

Office Update Final

After you’ve been upgraded, launch any of the Office apps and you’ll get a short introduction video, but you can skip it if you want.

Intro Video

I also recommend running Windows Updates again to get the latest updates for the final version. Yup, as usual with Microsoft, you need to update the updates.

Update the Update

After the update, I noticed the Office icons were no longer pinned to the Taskbar. But you can pin them from the Start screen to the Taskbar in RT just like in Windows 8.


Not sure which version of Office 2013 is installed? Here’s how to find out.




  1. Dat Same Gui

    January 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    What is the difference between the final and the preview, is the final one the same thing as what i would buy from office 2013 student?

  2. Ivan

    July 21, 2013 at 12:41 am

    What if I have a product key for full Office Suite? Can I download it on Surface RT? Thanks

    • Brian Burgess

      July 21, 2013 at 2:27 am

      The Surface RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition for free — it’s all part of the deal. And the Surface RT price was reduced by $150 — and at the end of August, Outlook 2013 will be part of it too.

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